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Reading suggestions from the book piles of Penguin Books Australia staff.

It’s an enormous thrill to be able to read books before they hit the shelves. And, let’s face it, it’s why many Penguin Books Australia staffers are in the publishing business to begin with. Words spread pretty fast around here, so every month we whip around the offices to ask what everyone is reading. These are some of our current favourites.

  • An intimate, powerful, and inspiring memoir by the former First Lady of the United States.

  • A true-crime book about the exploits of the notorious Stoccos, father Gino and son Mark, whose eight-year crime spree ended in 2015 when they were dramatically captured in rural NSW and charged with an array of offences – including murder.

  • Dreamlike and compulsive, a blazing literary debut about love, violence and survival at any cost.

  • The remarkable story of how Anthony Ray Hinton spent 30 years on death row, for crimes he did not commit.

  • Unpolished Gem with a touch of Stasiland: a funny, dark and tender memoir about growing up between the lunacy of Yugoslavia’s civil war and suburban Australia.

  • This is the epic story of the universe and our place in it, from 13.8 billion years ago to the remote future.

  • A royal scandal puts Jack Morgan under pressure in the new novel in the bestselling Private series

  • A mesmerising new novel from the internationally acclaimed, bestselling author of The English Patient.

  • Over a hundred relaxed, achievable and delicious recipes; enjoy the food that Nigella shares day-to-day at her table.

  • Break-ups suck but you don't have to suck at break-ups.

  • Australia's favourite women share what they wish they'd known about life with a newborn, in this funny, moving collection edited by Jamila Rizvi

  • From the bestselling author of The Little Book of Big Weightloss comes a simple, down-to-earth guide to tapping into the greatest source of happiness: YOU.

  • From prisoner to PhD student – how one woman turned her jail sentence into an opportunity

  • A devastating flood on the Hawkesbury almost wipes out the young colony, bringing to the surface many secrets and desires in this masterpiece of historical fiction

  • Elena Favilli, Francesca Cavallo

    100 tales of extraordinary women - the most highly supported original book ever in the history of crowdfunding.

  • A sweet, funny story about accepting yourself and finding a friend who loves you just the way you are. Mostly, though, it's about a fart. And fart jokes. Loooots of fart jokes.

  • How to outsmart bad health advice and make simple changes for long-lasting energy, weight loss and wellbeing.

  • The gripping new thriller from the number-one Sunday Times bestselling author of The Thirst.

  • Healthy food. Inappropriate language. Zero f**ks given.

  • Someone's stolen your baby. But no one believes you.

  • A rifle-shot of a novel – crisp, fast, shocking – The Shepherd’s Hut is an urgent masterpiece about solitude, unlikely friendship, and the raw business of survival.

  • By the bestselling author of Under the Tuscan Sun, and written with Frances Mayes’s trademark warmth, heart, and delicious descriptions of place, food, and friendship, Women in Sunlight is the story of four lives that change over the course of one exceptional year in Italy.

  • From the award-winning author of Only the Animals comes an unputdownable novel of obsession, guilt, and the power of the past to possess the present.

  • An extraordinary memoir about a woman's discovery of education, its transformative power and the price she has to pay for it.

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